Reply to Rumi
There is half a full moon hanging out
The ocean is bringing back yesterday’s sand
Speak old mountain
Your beauty is not hidden
Even in the dawn
Only when we lack the courage
After the winds
Countless universes rising in the air
We breath their life
For their school of righteous indignation
Let your anger be with me
And leave my lover
To return unscathed
Admit the many facets of love
Yes, you know how to reach each of them
In your strength
You contain your vulnerability
Turn your back to me
I delight in your courage
And kiss you while your back is turned
Up til dawn?
How well you let my music play
Look now while I find a tune
Dead music? Wild trick
Where are you while my head is turned
I catch your glance
What cleverness - no object to love?
That would be one dead universe!
Should I reveal myself to you tonight
Tired from singing the dead songs
Face clouded and eyes weary from weeping
Would you know the cause?
And turn away sick of my joyless existence?
To choose is to choose
To hold my pain outside myself
For me, you do not take it into yourself
But no, I will put on my strength, like a cloak
And distance will have improved this closeness
When sadness is a disguise,
And tears a poor excuse for delight
You see through me ignoring the self pity
Your face smiles with mine
As if there were only one, object of love
And it would be you again in a new guise
Imagine the pain when reality
Awakes you to remorse
The words would not flow so easily
As at the well we both fell in
copywrite 03/25/2010 Adah Cain
Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī also known as Rumi, was a philosopher and mystic who wrote some of the most marvelous love poems you could ever hope for. He lived 1207 to 1273, but his spirit lives on for many in his poems. When reading his love poems especially you may find that, like me, you will feel like responding to his questioning mind. His love was aimed at the earth and all her beauty with a naturalist's insight and he missed nothing of the world. I like especially to look at old artwork while reading his words.
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